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Fiber-optic on its way, at cost

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:31PM

Assuming the state issues necessary permits promptly, a high-capacity fiber-optic Internet access line will come to Bainbridge Island as early as next March. It will bring with it the capacity for enormous increases in data transmission, but also a host of unresolved legal and financial issues. Because of that, the city itself plans to be the guinea pig, connecting its various facilities into a wide-area network.

Budget review causes flareups

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:31PM

Calling island government “top heavy,” council members discussed possible cutbacks to the city administration at a budget workshop this week. Squarely in the crosshairs were the jobs of city administrator Lynn Nordby and human resources administrator Kathleen Grauman. “I’m going to be real frank about it – I don’t think we need a full-time city administrator,” said Deborah Vann, central ward councilwoman, after presenting a sheet comparing Bainbridge city government to other Washington cities.

Fire department eyes 2004 tax hike

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:31PM

After a “status quo” spending year in 2003, Bainbridge fire officials expect to ask voters next fall for a property tax “lid lift” to support future operations. “With the 1 percent (property tax) limitation, we can’t even keep pace with inflation,” said Ken Guy, fire department executive director. “We’ve also got a growing call volume.”

Island man killed in crash -- News roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:31PM

A Bainbridge Island man was killed Saturday morning when his car veered into the path of an oncoming dumptruck on Highway 3 near the Hood Canal Bridge. James G. Sackett, age 48, of Aaron Avenue was pronounced dead at the scene, a Washington State Patrol spokesman said. Sackett was not wearing a seatbelt.

Islandhome is home, for now

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:31PM

By Christmas, Theresa Newman must find a new place to live. The question is: Where? Newman’s neatly appointed three-bedroom apartment, with walls of Northwest coastal carvings and photos of her children, looks so established that it’s hard to imagine she and her daughters will soon leave. The single mother of high-school-age twins, like other families in the 10-apartment Islandhome on Knechtel Way, knew when she moved in that her stay in the “transitional” housing project would be limited to two years. But with her stay almost up, there are few other federally subsidized “Section 8” rentals on Bainbridge to move to. “I have two quarters left to finish my (bachelor’s degree),” said Newman, who studies at Antioch University in Seattle, “and the girls – they’re very much a part of this community.”

Shorelines group in it for the long haul

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:31PM

It was odd, thought Gary Tripp, that the city was proposing measures that would seem to have a significant impact on many islanders, yet the workshops on the proposals drew fewer citizens than city staff members. Maybe people didn’t understand what was going on with the proposed shoreline regulations, Tripp thought. So he sounded the alarm, and since then, every Bainbridge Island Planning Commission meeting dealing with shoreline issues has drawn an overflow crowd.

City assuages shore dwellers -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:31PM

Neither current nor proposed shoreline regulations would force people to move their homes away from the shoreline, nor prevent them from rebuilding or repairing their homes, city officials told an overflow crowd at a Thursday workshop.

Lent bests Botkin, tax issues routed

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:31PM

When Republican Patty Lent outpolled incumbent Tim Botkin in the September primary ballot for Kitsap County Commissioner, nobody thought the die was cast for the general election. Only voters in the Central Kitsap area, which the candidates were seeking to represent, could vote in the primary. When the general election came around, and all county voters could cast ballots, the thinking was that Bainbridge Island’s traditionally high and Democratic turnout would return Botkin to office. It didn’t happen.

Voters stick with names they know

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:30PM

For Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap’s legislators, the 2002 election was just like 2000, only more so. Incomplete returns show Congressman Jay Inslee and incumbent legislators Phil Rockefeller and Beverly Woods leading their challengers, in each case by a larger margin than in their victories two years ago. And while the county elections department Friday still had to count some 16,000 ballots from the areas in question, Kitsap County Auditor Karen Flynn did not expect the results to change.

Tight schedule, tight site

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:30PM

With a boost from the weather and a relatively new construction method, crews are making up for lost time on the Winslow, the mixed-use project with the truncated name on the corner of Winslow Way and Ericksen Avenue. “We’re digging a pretty darn big hole,” said Ed Rice of MRJ Construction, which has moved some 10,000 cubic yards of dirt in the month that work has been under way. “It’s a tight schedule and a tight site, but we’ve been lucky with the weather – only one day of rain.”

Digging down, building up in Winslow

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:30PM

After a year of relative calm, downtown Winslow promises to be a storm of construction activity for the next few years. Projects in various stages of the planning process could add 500 or more residences to the island’s urban core. If all those projects materialize – history suggests some may fall by the wayside – they would go a long way towards fulfilling the Comprehensive Plan’s goal of putting half of Bainbridge’s growth into the historic boundaries of Winslow.

Are island building costs too high?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:30PM

With its open spaces, miles of shoreline and environmental consciousness, Bainbridge Island isn’t like other cities in Western Washington. But are those differences sufficient to explain why the costs of issuing a building or planning permit are higher on Bainbridge than in certain other cities in the region – in some cases, almost 10 times as high?

Stolen car found ablaze -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:30PM

A car stolen in Seattle was abandoned and set ablaze off West Port Madison Road Thursday. Neighbors reported that two suspicious vehicles were driven onto the property shortly after noon, and disappeared from view behind a large storage building. Minutes later, suspects left the scene in one vehicle, and the second car, a newer Ford Taurus, was found engulfed in flames.

Ferry searches v. Fourth Amendment

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:30PM

Coast Guard guidelines intended to increase security levels on ferries raise significant constitutional questions, says Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Bainbridge Island, especially since the ferries are part of Washington’s highway system. “It’s sort of like trying to stop every vehicle on I-90 and searching for contraband,” Inslee said in an interview Friday. “I’m not sure you can do that under the Fourth Amendment.”

New furor over ferry security

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:30PM

Proposed federal guidelines to increase security aboard Washington State Ferries vessels has drawn fire from commuters and local lawmakers. Drafted by the U.S. Coast Guard, the measures could subject ferry commuters to airport-style screening. But on Monday, Admiral Tom Collins, Coast Guard commandant, apologized for not informing members of the Washington State congressional delegation about the proposed measures.

Deliberation, or just rambling?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:30PM

Councilman Michael Pollock would like to see Bainbridge City Council meetings start at 6 p.m. and adjourn by 9. But at last Wednesday’s meeting, discussion of Pollock’s proposal began at 10:16 p.m., more than four hours into the session – facts not lost on the councilman. “The irony of this is killing me,” Pollock said, introducing what he hopes will be steps toward more efficient council meetings.

Appleton: Government provides what constituents want

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:30PM

After ringing over 9,000 doorbells during her campaign, Sherry Appleton has learned one thing – voters aren’t as engaged in state-level politics this year as they have been in the past. That disengagement exists even on Bainbridge Island, despite its reputation for political awareness, Appleton said. “People are afraid of war, and of what’s happening in the economy, and don’t seem as concerned about what’s going on at the state level,” she said. “But what happens at the state level affects them more directly than anything else.” That apathy is just one of a number of obstacles facing challengers, she said. Other barriers are the lack of effective forums, and the short period of time between primary and general elections.

Woods counts herself among GOP moderate

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:30PM

Rep. Beverly Woods believes Kitsap County benefits by having her voice inside the closed-door Republican Party caucus. Without it, she says, issues vital to the county – especially ferry funding – could be lost within a party that draws most of its support from Eastern Washington and the Seattle suburbs. “I was the one pushing to include funding for passenger-only ferries in the transportation measure,” Woods said. “I keep trying to convince my colleagues from Eastern Washington and from the Eastside that we need funding for our ferry system.”

Islanders get a new waterfront park

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:30PM

Islanders have a new beach. And a new forest. And a new marsh. Natural features as varied as any Bainbridge has to offer come with the 12-acre Hall property, approved for purchase Wednesday by the Bainbridge Island City Council. Purchase price was $790,000, with funds coming from the $8 million in open space bonds approved by voters last fall. “This is a wonderful piece of property,” Councilwoman Christine Nasser Rolfes said. “We’re all going to enjoy it.”

Citizens berate city planning department

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:30PM

The city’s planning department came under blistering attack Thursday night from shoreside property owners, who said permit delays and requirements add tens of thousands of dollars to the costs of relatively simple projects. The consistent theme: Information given was inconsistent, and requirements were imposed arbitrarily. “The concept of flexibility has been turned upside down,” said Gary Tripp. “It should be used to give citizens the freedom to fulfill requirements in different ways, but instead, it’s used to give the city the ability to impose endless conditions.”

Botkin, Lent a study in contrasts

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

The race for Kitsap County Commission appears to be a war over the word “smart” as it is applied to growth – incumbent Tim Botkin favors “smart” growth, while challenger Patty Lent is anti-smart. But they also show very different understandings of what the concepts of managed growth might mean. “Smart growth isn’t about telling people what they can’t do with their property, but it’s about planning ahead,” Botkin said. “We’re trying to build communities, not housing developments.” Said Lent: “I’m in favor of putting development where it makes sense, but I’m against telling people they can’t build on their land.”

City gets better marks in audit

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

Better bookkeeping earned the city passing marks in the most recent audit by state officials. It was a signficant improvement over the previous review, when auditors found the books in such disarray that they simply abandoned the audit. “The city has shown commitment to resolve issues identified in the prior year’s audit,” state officials wrote in an “Accountability Audit Report” covering city operations for January-December 2001, which was released last Friday. “(The city) made several internal control improvements, and implement several recommendations in a short period of time.”

Another go-round for shoreline regs

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

While the Bainbridge Planning Commission is not going to throw out all the work that has been done on the city’s Shoreline Master Program, it will take a fresh look at the issues that have sparked public outcry. The commission plans to hold a series of public workshops, probably beginning next year, on questions involving a native vegetation zone, docks and bulkheads, and on whether current shoreline uses will be considered non-conforming. But first, it wants to find out at its meeting this Thursday exactly how current regulations are being applied.

Large: Washington needs business development

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

The answer to Washington’s budget crisis is economic expansion that will create more tax revenues, Don Large says. But for that to happen, he says, the state needs to become more competitive, which he thinks will require less regulation of business, particularly from the Department of Ecology. “Instead of protecting the environment, Ecology is becoming an overbearing police agency that is hampering business and growth,” Large said.

Rockefeller: Olympia can deal with tough times

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

Washington has seen tough times before, and has worked its way through them, Rep. Phil Rockefeller says. He is convinced the state will do so again. “Twenty years ago, when I was on the governor’s staff, we faced a budget deficit of 11 percent, and we found a way to come up with a balanced budget,” Rockefeller said. “I’m confident that somehow, we will once again find a way to meet our constitutional obligations of a balanced budget.”

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